Undercover wheat bag too hot for comfort
10 years ago Lucky escape as bag bursts into flames April 17, 2002 As she lay in her bed she was unaware of the smouldering fire danger beneath the covers.
Hilda Matravers heated her wheaty bag – for one minute in the microwave, with a cup of water as per instruction – not knowing that in 10 minutes her attitudes towards the bag would change.
After it was heated, she then went back to bed and was nearly asleep when her boarder came in to check on her.
He could smell something odd in the bedroom and woke up Mrs Matravers, a sufferer of Parkinson’s Disease and a recent hip replacement patient, and when the elderly woman pulled back the blankets the wheaty bag burst into flames. ‘‘I could have burnt to death, I’m very lucky,’’ she said.
Mrs Matravers now preaches the dangers of wheaty bags, even when following the instructions, and wants others to be wary of using them this winter. 25 years ago Bridge scene of bad accidents January 13, 1987 The Ngutuwera Bridge on State Highway One, where five members of a Hastings family were injured in an accident on Sunday, has been the scene of two other serious accidents in six weeks.
On Sunday morning a northbound car ran off the road at the bridge and ended up in the river.
Marie Elers, a front seat passenger in the car, was flown from Tokoroa Hospital to Middlemore Hospital with a fractured spine. She is in a comfortable condition. The driver, a 36- year- old Hastings shipping manager Tony Elers and his three children received lacerations and bruising.
Tokoroa Police who attended the accident north of Tokoroa are still investigating. They say that the car is a write-off. Sunday’s accident is the third at the site in six weeks.
In early December a southbound truck tipped over at the bridge but nobody was injured. The bridge was the scene of a fatal accident two days before Christmas when a 46-year-old Fielding farm manager, Terrence John Weeks, was killed in a collision with a trailer. 50 years ago Hydatid dosing September 20, 1962 In the second round of hydatid dosing this year, about the same number had been treated as in 1961.
In 1961 there had been 22 true hydatids whereas 1962 showed 27, said Mr J D Dowd, hydatid control officer to the Mata- mata County Council. The chairman, Mr I K Wood, said there had been definite progress made.
He asked if any ‘‘clear’’ areas could be established.
Mr Dowd replied that an area needed to have 300 dogs. Tokoroa had 400 dogs but in the last round there had been two cases of true hydatids and this prevented a clear area being declared.
LUCKY ESCAPE: Hilda Matravers shows the wheaty bag that could have claimed her life.